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Research interests

I research the global politics of health and disease from a politico-ecologies and multispecies perspective, particularly of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with a predominant regional focus on Asia in global health. From this perspective, health issues such as infectious diseases are not simply biomedical problems. They result also from socio-political interactions including conflict, (agri-)industrialisation, urbanization, and modern lifestyles, which alter human-animal-microbial relations, sometimes leading to pathogenesis. Some questions explored concern the social impact of public health mechanisms (e.g. mask culture and social distancing) and the unintended consequences of global health policy and mechanisms (e.g. AMR); but also the role of alternative perspectives in helping to think through a more sustainable approach to (global) public health. 

I run the Political Ecologies of (Global) Health research unit and am an Aletta Research Fellow of the Groningen Centre for Health and Humanities and the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.

In earlier work, I developed critical methodologies for security studies with colleagues across Europe and Canada (incl. mapping, discourse/materiality, visuality, genealogy, proximity, and distance. This led to the co-edited volume on Critical Security Methods (Routledge, 2015). My doctoral thesis investigated the materiality/discourse of human (health) security as situated governmental assemblages in approaching forced migration.

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